Friday, 29 May 2015

36: Friday 29th May 2015

From the Director 


We are entering a very busy period in school as you can see from this newsletter. I have added a link to the school Three Year Strategic Plan which is now on our website. The link is from the Parent Portal page Please remember the invitation to coffee with the Chair of the Board and myself where I will be talking about aspects of the strategic plan and how we can work together to achieve its goals. I would like you to be aware that we have warned all staff about the prevalence of various games which children have seen from the internet and are playing including the Charlie charlie challenge. We are clear in our message not to play such games and hope you can reinforce this at home.

Coming soon...

Tickets available by Monday. 
$8 per ticket or 
$20 for group of 3!

Buy your tickets at:
Reception/Secondary/Primary Offices

Get your GREASE souvenir 
at only $1 per piece from the 
Secondary Office (Ms Marielos Soto).

Students with their pins on will be eligible for randomly awarded sweets on a daily basis...






Primary News

Report Evenings 
Thank you to all who attended this weeks report evenings for Upper Primary. We hope you found the information shared useful and now have a clearer understanding about the learning conversation we wish to engage you and your children in as a school. Reports will come home on June 12th and we encourage you to talk with your child about the information shared. 

Mexico Choir Trip
A number of our Upper Primary students are currently in Cozumel, Mexico, representing the school in an international choir festival. They spent their first day there enjoying some of the attractions and had some time to rehearse ready for the festival which starts today. More news and photos to follow next week.

Classes for next academic year
This coming Thursday and Friday are the days for the transition activities we have planned to familiarise students with expectations for their next grade level. 5th Grade will join the Secondary school for both days and on Friday all primary students will spend the morning in their new classes with their new teachers. An exciting end to the week for all.

End of term activities
As always the end of term and year brings a whole host of activities for parents and students to look forward to. Please ensure you check the dates below, the school calendar and communications sent home by teachers. 

Talent shows
In Upper Primary the Talent Shows will take place on June 11th. Both shows will be recorded and shared with parents and possibly live streamed, though we will confirm nearer the time. We look forward to children sharing their talents with each other.

LP Building Project 
The LP building project begins at the end of term. Classes 1 - 7 will be refurbished with ceiling height increased and classroom length extended by 2 metres.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 1st June: 1st grade trip to Galaxy Bowling
Monday 1st June: Pre-Kinder Siri and Pre-Kínder Cáceres - Trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas
Monday 1st June 7 am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Thursday 4th June: Pre-Kinder González and Pre-Kínder Carbajal - Trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas
Friday 5th June: Moving up day
Friday 5th June: Extra-curricular activities ends
Friday 12th June: Reports go home
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s day - school closed
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Upper Primary
Monday 1st June 7 am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June: 5th Grade moving up day
Friday 5th June: End of extracurricular activities
Monday 15th June: 2nd grade achievement ceremony
Tuesday 16th June: 3rd and 4th grade achievement ceremony
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s Day, no school
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade moving on assembly
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade party
Thursday 18th June Grade 5 Drug information School for parents
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Secondary News

This week in Secondary…
It has been a very full week. On the evening of Wednesday 27th of May we had the annual DVA awards. The audience was treated to the creative work of ABC students from across the school that had been nominated by students and teachers. 

A big thank you to everybody that made this event a success and well done to Jimena Lasala and Lizanne Arias who won ‘Movie of the Year’ for their short film Shift.

On Thursday (28th of May) afternoon Grade 7 students got together for their Team Building and Sports Afternoon. Miss Chavez wanted to share a few words about the afternoon:
Grade 7 had a wonderful empowerment activity yesterday afternoon - without the need for technology! We were very pleased to see how much fun our students had whilst developing their teamwork skills and bonding as friends. The Team Sports coaches, who kindly organised the games for them, were impressed with the enthusiasm shown by our students and we all thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. A special thank you to Ms Ale who, along with the team of tutors, worked hard to make this a successful event. I also take this opportunity to thank the parents who showed support and encouraged their children to participate in this event! I am sure some the Grade 7 students will always remember sliding down the slippery slope toboggan! 

On Friday (29th of May) afternoon Grade 8 students got together for their Solidarity event. Below is a piece on the event from Mr Rombout Head of Grade 8:
As with all cohorts of nearly 100 students it is very unlikely they will all know everyone in the year group. However I would like to think that this event is a great opportunity for the students to spend some time getting to know those with whom they are less familiar. This is the primary aim of Friday's activities - student camaraderie and solidarity. When I was their age, in Britain, it was not unusual for a group of us to be out all day on our bikes either in town or in the countryside somewhere. This was not always as thrilling as it sounds, but we were able to hang out together without our parents watching us. Something like this is also what I'd like our students to be able to experience. Although security concerns take precedence, I hope that the Grade 8 students can still really enjoy themselves together in the safe environment of the school, but with lessons, classrooms and homework replaced by pizza, music, games and hanging out. Thanks to the help of the Class of 2019 Charity Committee, the PE staff and the Grade 8 tutors this should be possible. The other purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Class of 2019 local charity – Amor y Esperanza (Love and Hope) the children’s home. This organisation cares for orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children. So whilst our students are able to enjoy themselves together at the school they are also contributing in some way to the well-being of children of a similar age who are much less fortunate. By reminding them of our shared responsibility to support our local community we are therefore also fulfilling the school’s mission of producing responsible and outstanding citizens.

A special thank you to Miss Chavez and Mr Rombout for organising these events.

Be aware of what your child is watching on the internet…
It is really important to highlight that at the moment there are some very worrying crazes circulating the internet. Please check what your child is watching and reinforce the school’s message that they must not try to replicate pranks or challenges that they see others doing on the internet. Sometimes students do attempt to recreate what they see on the internet and there are numerous accounts of this ending in tragedy. Mimicking other pranks or challenges can be psychologically damaging, in some cases instilling fear when they challenge a student’s faith and beliefs. This is a topic being addressed by schools across the world and unfortunately these pranks /challenges seem to resurface on a regular basis.

How we investigate incidents
When we become aware of an incident involving students that conflicts with our values we investigate fully before taking any action. When we investigate any incident we attempt to speak to every student involved, giving them the opportunity to explain their involvement or what they witnessed. This takes time and there are often inconsistencies and conflicting accounts, but it is important not to act until we are confident that we have a good understanding of what has happened. 

Once confident of the details we often then involve parents of the students involved. It is not our policy to broadcast to the wider community the outcome of these conversations -with students or parents- nor give details as to any resulting punishments as this would clearly be inappropriate. Students make mistakes and when this happens we want them to reflect and learn from their actions. It is critical that students have the chance to put incidents behind them. We do not want to have students labelled or have their reputations tarnished for making a mistake. Schools should be a safe environment for students to learn, to make mistakes, and to grow into mature responsible adults. 

In some situations we may speak to other students, perhaps holding a special assembly, if we feel that it is appropriate to discuss an issue or incident. Indeed, we may also bring a matter to the attention of parents if we feel that there is a need to pass on information or if we want parents to reinforce a message that the school has communicated.

Our primary objective when dealing with any incident is to act as swiftly as we can and to be fair and consistent with any sanctions deemed necessary; I have the great fortune of working with a supportive and dedicated team of professionals, giving me the confidence that every incident is dealt with with this in mind. 

Fundación Corazón del Padre
On Sunday 31st May Mr Rombout, Teacher of History and Head of Grade 8, is participating in the Running For Help 30km race (see FaceBook link below) to help raise funds for Fundación Corazón del Padre which is on the way to becoming a sustainable children's centre in Quezaltepeque (see link below). The centre will eventually provide 84 orphaned and abandoned children with families that care for their holistic needs. If you want to sponsor Mr Rombout and help to significantly improve the lives of adults and children in the local community please hand in your contribution to Marielos in the Secondary School Office.










Kind regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 1st June, 7am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Wednesday 3rd June: Ring Ceremony for Class 2015
Friday 5th June: Headmaster's Reception
Monday 8th June: Grade 9 Work Experience starts 
Thursday 11th June: Secondary School closes at 12 noon
Thursday 11th June: 5 pm Class 2015 Graduation Day attended by Grade 9, 10 and 11
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June: Musical Production - Grease
Saturday 13th to Thursday 18th June: Environmental System field trip to Costa Rica
Tuesday 16th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 6 & 7. Grade 6 Family Day picnic
Wednesday 17th June: National holiday - Father's Day 
Thursday 18th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 8, 9 & 10
Friday 19th June: Award Assembly for Grade 11. Cal 3 Reports go home with students in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11. Last day of school.

Friday, 22 May 2015

35: Friday 22nd May 2015

From the Director 

Our graduating class completed their IB Exams this week and we are now looking forward to the events surrounding their graduation from school which begin with the Ring Ceremony on Wednesday 3rd June and then the HM Reception on Friday 5th June to which Exabrits are invited if they contact Lissett Castro for an invitation. We are especially inviting graduates from 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990 and so on to come and meet up with each other at this event but you will need to arrange an invitation so we have an idea of numbers attending! In the same week on Tuesday 2nd June at 7 am we are having the second Coffee Morning with the Chair of the Board and myself in the PAC to which parents are invited.

I would like to thank everyone who helped us collect basic foods for victim of the flooding in the coastal area earlier this month. The generosity was amazing and we have had many people thanking the school for its community spirit.


Primary News

Last Friday saw a whole school event organised to signal the start of our science topic on forces. The PE, Science and IPC teams went all out and organised a day of wonderful activities to help students understand forces out on the field, in the swimming pools and in the classrooms. Children had great fun throwing themselves down slip and slides, rolling each other in inflatable tubes and pulling a pickup loaded with their friends, amongst a whole host of other activities. A really enjoyable day of active learning! 

This week 3rd grade hosted the entry point for their new IPC unit about fashion with children coming to school in their most fashionable clothing. 

Tribes have taken part in the inter-tribu cricket competition also this week with lots of great teamwork and healthy competition. Winners will be announced next week.

Thank you to all the upper primary parents who have confirmed their attendance to the report meeting we will be hosting on Monday and Tuesday night. These will be an opportunity to gain further understanding of how we use levels in school and what they mean for your child. Please do come along if you can. 

Next Wednesday members of the upper primary choir will be heading to Cozumel in Mexico to represent our school at an international choir festival. Final preparations are in place and all are excited to be attending this first time event for the ABC. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Tuesday 2nd June 7 am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Friday 5th June: Moving up day
Friday 5th June: Extra-curricular activities ends
Friday 12th June: Reports go home
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s day - school closed
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Upper Primary
Wednesday 27th May: Primary Choir leave for México international Festival
Tuesday 2nd June 7 am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June: 5th Grade moving up day
Friday 5th June: End of extracurricular activities
Monday 15th June: 2nd grade achievement ceremony
Tuesday 16th June: 3rd and 4th grade achievement ceremony
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s Day, no school
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade moving on assembly
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade party
Thursday 18th June Grade 5 Drug information School for parents
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Secondary News

TELETON campaign
Thank you to all of you who helped support our Teleton campaign in line with the national campaign. As you may may be aware, each year we support Teleton in its mission to achieve the integral rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities to join society. In their work with people they are led by their institutional values, which include honesty, respect, communication, empathy and commitment. At the ABC we share those values and this year we have the pleasure to announce that we managed to raise and donate almost $6,000.00. Well done to everyone that supported this campaign!

Coca Cola Trip - Wednesday 20th May
On May 20th there was a Grade 9 Business Studies Trip to the Coca-Cola Plant in Nixtapa, Nejapa. Nixtapa is the biggest and most modern plant in Central America and the second largest in Latin America.

The idea of the trip was to get first hand experiences of modern production methods - which Business Studies students have just studied in the subject.

The visit began with a little bit of the history of Coca-Cola. Later, students were shown a film promoting Coca-Cola’s values and how they wanted to change and help society. They then toured the factory. Finally, the students went to the cafeteria to enjoy a cold coke. 

Coca-Cola began in 1886 when the Coca-Cola syrup was mixed with carbonated water in a pharmacy in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-Cola still has its headquarters in Atlanta, but now operates in almost every country in the world. 

Sleep
I have observed a number of very tired looking Secondary School students shuffling around the school in recent weeks. According to research almost 80 percent of adolescents don't get the recommended amount of sleep. 

How many hours of sleep should your child be getting and why is it so important?
The ideal amount of sleep for children aged 11 to 18 is between 81/2 and 91/4 hours a night. Sleep is very important for teenagers - while asleep a hormone is released that is important for the growth spurt during puberty. 

A lack of sleep can lead to irritability, behaviour issues, poor grades and feelings of depression. The brain struggles to function when we are tired, we find it harder to concentrate and we become forgetful. Scientific research shows that getting enough regular sleep is as important for a children’s development as healthy eating and regular exercise. Insufficient sleep can also lead to weight gain, because it prevents the production of appetite-controlling hormones.

It can be difficult to encourage older children to keep to a regular bedtime, but it’s important to try. Talk to your child - if they are finding it difficult to get up in the morning, suggest earlier nights. Although establishing a bedtime routine for teenagers can be difficult to enforce it is worth trying.

A good starting point is to get technology out of the bedroom - no TV, computer, game consoles etc. These things entice teens to stay up late; and the lights and sounds trick the brain into thinking it isn't nighttime, which further prevents sleepiness from setting in. If banishing these distractions isn't feasible, agree a time with your child when all technology is turned off for the night. Reducing caffeine can also aid sleep, this includes soda and energy drinks not just tea and coffee.

Sleep is the best meditation” Dalai Lama

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Thursday 21st May: start of the Grade 9 (internal) examinations
Friday 22nd May: National Holiday - Monseñor Romero’s Beatification
Wednesday 27th May: Digital Awards (DVA)
Friday 29th May: Grade 8 Solidarity Event
Tuesday 2nd June 7 am: Coffee with Director and Chair of Board
Wednesday 3rd June: Ring Ceremony for Class 2015
Friday 5th June: Headmaster's Reception
Monday 8th June: Grade 9 Work Experience starts 
Thursday 11th June: School closes at 12 noon
Thursday 11th June: 5 pm Class 2015 Graduation Day attended by Grade 9, 10 and 11
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June: Musical Production - Grease
Saturday 13th to Thursday 18th June: Environmental System field trip to Costa Rica
Tuesday 16th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 6 & 7. Grade 6 Family Day picnic
Wednesday, 17th June: National holiday - Father's Day 
Thursday 18th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 8, 9 & 10
Friday 19th June: Award Assembly for Grade 11. Cal 3 Reports go home with students in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11. Last day of school

Friday, 15 May 2015

34: Friday 15th May 2015

From the Director 

I want to start with two big thank yous. Firstly to everyone who responded to our request for beans, rice, milk powder or soup for the recent victims of the wave which surged through coastal areas earlier this month. It is always wonderful to see young people enthusiastic about the prospect of doing good in the world and helping those who have suffered misfortune. I also want to thank the Madres Enlace for their magnificent work baking cakes to help the British Community contribute funds to charities supported by the British Embassy here in San Salvador. The Gastronomique Fair takes place tomorrow at the Gran Plaza CC Galerias from 10 am to 3 pm where food will be sold to raise money for local community projects.

Many of our students are still involved in their exams next week but the Class 2015 are reaching the end of their IB Diploma examinations and we are starting to look forward to their graduation. The school graduation is on Thursday 11th June and we plan that Grade 8 (Class 2019), Grade 10 (Class 2017) and Grade 11 (Class 2016) will attend the event representing the school. 

I know rehearsals are going well for Grease and I know many of you are looking forward to seeing the show in the penultimate week of term. I want to finish by congratulating the athletics team for their successes in the Estudiantiles last week and there is a picture of some of the medal winners on our Newsblog.

Primary News

Latin Music Concert
Many thanks to all the parents and family members who supported our students at last night’s Latin Music Concert. The Lower and Upper primary choirs performed and showed how much progress they have made this year. It was very well attended and proved to be a most enjoyable evening. Special thanks go to Luis Díaz (Upper Primary Music Teacher) for coordinating his first major event at the ABC and to the other ABC staff for their invaluable support.

IPC
Our whole primary entry point for the “Pushes and Pulls” Forces unit commenced this morning with a huge variety of activities taking place all over the school campus. Please check out your child’s class blog for pictures and videos.

Books for SALE!
We have a large number of books for sale in the Lower Primary office. Deysi López has a number of those books on display and we encourage you to consider buying some great reading material for the summer break. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Summer Camp
The Summer Camp is taking shape and we will be offering a wide range of activities to suit children from 3 to 11 years of age. There will be some academic classes available to focus on specific areas of the curriculum which may support learning for some children. More details to follow.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 18th May: Kinder Francés - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Tuesday 19th May: Kinder Quintanilla - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Wednesday 20th May: Kinder Rampone - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA 
Thursday 21st May: Kinder Suárez - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Friday 5th June: Moving up day
Friday 5th June: Extra-curricular activities ends
Friday 12th June: Reports go home
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s day - no school
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Upper Primary
Wednesday 27th May: Primary Choir leave for México international Festival
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June: 5th Grade moving up day
Friday 5th June: End of extracurricular activities
Monday 15th June: 2nd grade achievement ceremony
Tuesday 16th June: 3rd and 4th grade achievement ceremony
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s Day, no school
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade moving on assembly
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade party
Thursday 18th June Grade 5 Drug information School for parents
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Secondary News

ABC Digital Awards - Wednesday 27th May
The ABC Digital Video Awards take place toward the end of each school year. The event is a gala affair, the purpose of which is to spotlight and celebrate excellence in student video production.

This year's DVA is promising to be the best yet, with more categories than ever and plenty of excitement and anticipation building, as we countdown the days until May 27th!

This year we have 9 main categories some of which contain up to 5 subcategories based on grade level and experience. There are a total of 89 nominees drawn from both the Primary and Secondary Schools. This is an astounding number and reflects the high level of interest students at the ABC invest in video production and the DVA. Their work has been published in playlists, both on Youtube and using Google Drive, for the ABC Community to view and vote on.

The videos are promoted each morning through short category remixes during Vista announcements as well as on posters, which have been placed at key locations around the school.

Voting began on May 10th and ended today (on May 15th). During this time hundreds of votes poured in, as students and staff members submitted their Google Forms. 

We look forward to reporting back to you soon, with more details and pictures from this exciting whole school event.

The Apprentice - week commencing Monday 8th June
Shortly after their internal examinations the Grade 9 students go on work experience which we refer to as ‘The Apprentice’ here at the ABC. The school is busy preparing for this and students are excited about the opportunity to gain experience of the work place.

Work experience offers many benefits and opportunities. For students, work experience is concerned with giving students an understanding and experience of working life. It will give them the opportunity to get first hand experience of typical working conditions. Work experience helps students to find out about their own skills and to see the links between the courses they are studying and the skills they need in the future. Work experience will also give students responsibility; they will be expected to be punctual, independent and helpful to others. 

For employers, work experience can provide the opportunity to help students develop an insight into the skills and attitudes required by business and to raise their awareness of career opportunities within the organisation visited.

There will be more on work experience in future editions of the ABC Weekly.

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 15th May: Spring Music Recital
Wednesday 20th May: Grade 9 Business Studies trip to Coca Cola plant
Thursday 21st May: start of the Grade 9 (internal) examinations
Wednesday 27th May: Digital Awards (see above)
Friday 29th May: Grade 8 Solidarity Event
Wednesday 3rd June: Ring Ceremony for Class 2015
Friday 5th June: Headmaster's Reception
Monday 8th June: Grade 9 Work Experience starts (see above)
Thursday 11th June: Class 2015 Graduation Day
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June: Musical Production - Grease
Saturday 13th to Thursday 18th June: Environmental System fieldtrip to Costa Rica
Tuesday 16th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 6 & 7. Grade 6 Family Day picnic
Wednesday, 17th June: National holiday - Father's Day 
Thursday 18th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 8, 9 & 10
Friday 19th June: Award Assembly for Grade 11. Cal 3 Reports go home with students in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11. Last day of school

Friday, 8 May 2015

33: Friday 8th May 2015

From the Director 

I would like to start this week by thanking all the parents who have been supporting our estudiantiles teams competing in the swimming and the athletics games this last week. Our swimmers did really well coming second overall. They were proud of their performances as we all were but I was also proud of the community feeling which our parents established at these events. It means so much when we behave in such a supportive and inclusive manner. 

As you may know we have a new British Ambassador, Mr. Bernhard Garside who will be coming to our Graduation Ceremony in on 11th June. He and his wife Jennifer have already visited our school and Jennifer has asked for our help in making some British style cakes - sponges, scones, biscuits, fruitcake etc. I have volunteered 20 cakes on our behalf and I am hoping some of you will be kind enough to bake something to help us meet this target. If you have time and would be kind enough to help can you please contact Estefania. We would like the cakes in school on Friday 15th May and they will be sold for charity at the Gastronomique Festival on Saturday 16th May at the Gran Plaza CC Galerias from 10 - 3 pm

Tomorrow many of our musicians will be celebrating with friends from other European Union schools in a concert in Multiplaza which starts at 11am. Please come along and listen to them if you can.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We had some great activities again this week. I was very impressed with the houses and homes made in Prepa and how well the students could talk to me about them in English. Excellent!

One or two of our classes have been affected by a virus that is circulating all schools in the area. We have monitored these classes and the variety of symptoms children are displaying as well as contacted a local paediatrician for advice. Our school has always had well established cleaning procedures but the virus is ‘out there’ on the street and children can pick it up in any situation; for example visiting a fast food restaurant or a play centre. The best thing we can do to prevent the spread of illness in school is to ask parents not to send their children into school when they are unwell. Keep your child at home until they have fully recovered. Our doctor is not here to diagnose specific illnesses but to identify when a child is unwell. Please take your child to your own doctor for a full investigation if you have a concern about their health first thing in the morning. Parents please accept it is your responsibility to ensure your child does not bring contagious diseases into school. 

Tomorrow the European Union anniversary festival is taking place in the Multiplaza Shopping Centre. There will be a ‘flash mob’ dance beforehand at about 11.00 am. This will be a medley of three well known items.
  1. Radio Gaga (clapping)
  2. Macarena (most of our girls know this)
  3. Volare (some simple dance steps)
It will be followed by a musical performance by the British, French and German schools. We will be performing in the open area in front of Victoria’s Secret and Forever 21. Try and come along to support us and enjoy the event.

Latin Music Night is coming…!
The Latin Music Concert will take place on Thursday 14th May at 6:30 p.m.in the PAC and will include performances by the Lower Primary Choir, the Upper Primary Choir, the ABC Rock Band and many other acts. It is an evening of atmosphere and excitement. Please do come. Tickets are available at Claudia Aviles and Veronica Lindo‘s offices. Please make a donation of $1.00 for your ticket.

Teleton shirts are coming through slowly. Anyone who wants one should buy them from Miss Lourdes in Lower Primary and Miss Veronica in the Upper Primary office.

Grade 5 parents, here is advance notice of that Grade 5 are having a ‘school for parents’ to introduce their new IPC unit. It will be presented by Lic. Jaime Zablah, who has knowledge about this topic and works in a non profit organization, Fundasalva. it will be about -
The 30 Most Frequently asked Questions that Parents have about Addictions
It will take place on Monday 18th of June at 7:20 am in the Lecture Theatre. Definitely one to go along to!

The final date for next year’s grade 4 and 5 trips is the 29th May. A refundable deposit of $100 should be paid to the ‘caja’ for each trip you are interested in.

Have a great weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Saturday 9th May EU music celebration 11.00 Multiplaza
Thursday 14th May: Prepa trip to Mayan Ruins
Friday 15th May: IPC entry point Pushes and Pulls
Friday 15th May: Teleton
Monday 18th May: Kinder Francés - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Tuesday 19th May: Kinder Quintanilla - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Wednesday 20th May: Kinder Rampone - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA 
Thursday 21st May: Kinder Suárez - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA

Upper Primary
Saturday 9th May EU music celebration 11.00 Multiplaza
Friday 15th May IPC entry point Pushes and Pulls
Friday 15th May Teleton
Wednesday 27th May Primary Choir leave for Mexico international Festival
18th June Grade 5 Drug information School for parents

Secondary News

Staff Training
On Thursday 7th May the Secondary School pastoral team undertook some online training on student care, guidance and support.

We are in the process of reviewing a number of our key policies and this opportunity enabled the team to share ideas with educators in the UK on best practice. 







Music Events
There are a number of exciting musical events coming up in the next week.

In conjunction with the European Union anniversary celebrations the ABC, along with the French and German schools, will be performing the EU anthem in four languages at the Multiplaza on Saturday 9th May at 11.00am. We will also be performing music from popular European bands, and have a little flashmob surprise. Please come along to join the fun! We will be performing near Forever 21.

On Thursday 14th May the Upper Primary Latin Music Concert will commence at 6:30pm in the PAC. This year, the Secondary School students will also be participating and the concert will feature dance demonstrations as well as music. The $1 entrance fee goes to charity. Please get your tickets from the Primary School Office.

On Friday 15th May there will be a Spring Music Recital in the Lecture Theatre at 2:30pm to 3:30pm. This is to celebrate the skills of students who have been attending instrumental lessons this year. Most of them are beginners who have worked hard for this demonstration. Entrance is free but you can get admission tickets from Ms Lorna Sanchez.

Kind regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 9th May - European Union anniversary celebrations - Multiplaza, 11am (see above)
Friday 15th May - Spring Music Recital (see above)
Saturday 16th May to Monday 18th May: International Award expedition (Silver)
Wednesday 20th May: Grade 9 Business Studies Trip to Coca Cola plant
Thursday 21st May: start of the Grade 9 (internal) examinations 
Friday 22nd May: Digital Awards - details in next week’s ABC Weekly